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Eye centre to serve the needy.

MUSCAT: In its efforts to implement 'Vision 2020 - Oman' project which pledges to eliminate avoidable blindness and offer state of art eye care services to all citizens of Oman, Dharamsey Eye Centre in Al Ghubra was officially inaugurated on Tuesday under the auspices of Hammad bin Hamed Al Ghafri, advisor to the minister of civil services.

Officials at Dharamsey Eye Centre stated that the Centre will charge only pay half rates for those who are economically backward. The Centre's philosophy is that "No one shall return without eye care due to lack of funds".

The Centre provides comprehensive screening centre for blinding eye conditions like cataract, galucoma, diabetic retinopathy, childhood eye conditions, age related macular degeneration, etc. It also provides 'day cataract surgery' using modern phaco machine, lens implant and manual phaco without suture.

Other services available at the Centre include diagnosis and treatment of common eye diseases like conjunctivitis, computer eye syndrome, refractive error, stye, trachoma, allergy of eye.

The Centre also offers laser treatment for eye complications of diabetes and galucoma, fitting and dispensing of contact lenses at affordable cost by expert practitioners. Assessment, care and rehabilitation services for 'low vision' disable people are also offered at the Centre.

"As social responsibility, we will participate in the eye screening of school students. We are working in collaboration of Al Noor Association for the Blind and Oman bin Al Khattab School to provide eye care for visually challenged members and students. We also assist social groups to provide health services to immigrant labourers," said Dr. Jayshree Ahirrao Mutta, eye surgeon at the Centre.

She added that citizens of Oman should benefit from high quality, low cost and comprehensive eye care services available at the Centre. "Everyone is welcome to see the facilities available in the premises, interact with our dedicated staff and provide feedback to us to improve our initiative which is first of its kind in Oman," she pointed out.

Dr. Jayshree informed that the Centre currently has two eye surgeons, two optometuists, one ophthalmic assistant and one nurse.

Dharamsey Eye Centre has the latest and up-to-date equipment needed from eye care. Surgeries will start taking place from the month of February onwards.

On treating residents who are financially constrained or without labour cards, the Centre's officials stressed that they would never send any patient back without treated. "Some formal procedures will be taken into account, however, we would never send a patient back without receiving treatment," they said.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Jan 22, 2011
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